Allegory of the Tyranny of the Duke of Alva in the Netherlands (c. 1622). Detail. [x]
Fragment of an allegory of the tyranny of the Duke of Alba in the
Netherlands. The left part of the painting showing Alba sitting on his
throne is missing.
In the middle the Seventeen Provinces with
their crests are kneeling down, while being chained in captivity. To
the left members of Alba’s Council of Troubles. To the left the
dumbfounded members of the States General of the Netherlands. Bottom
right a group of spectators. In the background left the decapitation of
the counts of Egmont and Horn in May 1568 is shown, as well as the
Duchess of Parma fishing in a pond. In the background right bodies are
being burnt and hung from gallows.
Based on a print by Willem Jacobsz Delff dated 1622.